Thailand is in the middle of its monsoon season which brings with it adverse weather conditions
Forty nine people are missing after a boat carrying 97 people capsized in rough seas off Thailand’s tourist island of Phuket, the Thai navy said on Thursday.
“Right now we are still looking for 49 people. We have helped 48 people from the capsized boat. We have sent boats to help,” Rear Admiral Somnuk Prempramote, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Region 3.
“They were all wearing life jackets,” he added.
The boat was one of three to encounter difficulties at sea in the area on Thursday, the navy said
Another two boats, including a yacht carrying 39 people, also capsized but its passengers have been brought to safety.
Most of the tourists are reported to be from China, Taiwan and Russia.
Thailand is already making international headlines after 12 boys and their junior soccer coach were found alive this week after becoming trapped inside a cave in the country’s north.
Rescuers found the boys after 10 days and a multinational rescue operation to extract the boys is still ongoing.
Officials had earlier issued a warning of severe weather until next Tuesday, including heavy rain and strong winds.
However, accidents barely make a dent on Thailand’s tourism industry, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster economy.